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Two Romantic Scifi Stories

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Romantic scifi?

What... oh, right, yes, the season of love. What could be more romantic than two Squid stories, one about a pudgy videogaming cheater and another about reptilian deformities? Huh? Answer me that!

Extra bonus: Editor Matt's lauded recipe for a gourmet muffaletta.

Specifically, a muffaletta assembled from the ingredients available in the hospitality suite at Austin's own Armadillocon literary science fiction convention...!

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My Pet Carrot Speaks Norwegian

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     Like any good Norwegian, Olaf had a strong Protestant work ethic. Unfortunately, three-quarters of the time said work ethic, as well as Olaf, were thoroughly pickled. No doubt an ancient Viking was looking out for him. Either that or his Jack Daniels. Beats mead.

     And today was no different. Monday was shoes, Wednesday was a load of car parts, and today – a full load of Norway’s finest carrots.

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Enjoy Our Holiday Sci-fi-tri-fecta!

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Happy holidays! We're happy to bring you three speculative-fiction presents this winter: two flash pieces bursting with goodness, plus a recipe. (A recipe?!?)

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Before you take the test, there are a few things you need to know. There are no right or wrong answers, per se.

Before the test, spend time in the social centers observing others’ behavior. Reread the common laws at the Justice Hall. Keep to your assigned schedule and fill all empty time with Value-Rated activities.

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Soul-Snatcher

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The floor in this room is made of human hair, long tresses tightly braided and packed together. The walls are made of human bones, femurs, tibia and ribs, locked and imbricated. Inset skulls hold candles. The flames burn green.

I sit and I watch and, in time, the gloom is suffused with sparkling atomies, motes of light which swirl and dance as they slowly gather into a shimmering globe. A soul!

I reach out with the fingers of my mind. I squeeze and mould the globe to a little ball. As I do so, it darkens and reddens. I squeeze and compress until it is like a tiny, vivid ruby.

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Fall Triple Feature

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While Jillian, gorgeous in a Wonder Woman costume, flirted with some fit dude annoyingly dressed as Conan the Barbarian and smelling like Old Spice, I tried to act cool by the snack table. The cracker spiders looked bland, the oyster brains smelled nasty, so I tried an egg and black-olive eyeball.

A portly panda stood with his butt against the island and sipped a red-colored drink through a straw set in a tall glass. His costume covered everything but his face. The whites of his eyes were startling in the black makeup, which I guessed he’d applied himself without a mirror. As the only other person in the kitchen, he greeted me with a weird, black-lipped smile. “What’s up?”

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